Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bouquets to Art 2011 - Lobby


DSC05748 Seeing Andy Goldsworthy


Since its inception 27 years ago, I have attend most of Bouquets to Art exhibits, a highly-celebrated spring ritual hosted by the Fine Arts Museums of  San Francisco. As impossible as it was to believe, the 150 floral artists who were invited to create a floral arrangement to complement the artwork in the M. H. De Young Museum found a way to step it up another notch this year. Click the "Categories" tab to view the fantastic entries of previous years' Bouquets to Arts.
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Just inside the main entrance hangs the creation of Dominque Pfahl of Floreal, representational of Andy Goldsworthy's environmental art of found objects. The organic frame serves to hold the lenses through which one can view Goldsworthy's "Drawn Stone" sculptures in the entry courtyard. Previously named "Faultline", the installation is a creative expression of the seismic network that runs through California.

This is a good time to pause and remember the victims Japan's earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown. My thoughts and prayers go to all those who are dealing with the aftermath of the disasters. If you haven't already made a donation to the relief efforts to aid the victims, I invite you to donate to Doctors Without Borders (Medicins Sans Frontieres), The Salvation Army, or an organization of your choice.

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Sogetsu Ikebana artist Katsuko Thielke of Hunter-Lee Flowers created an astounding arrangement...

DSC05755 Hunter Lee Flowers

...to accompany Raúl Anguiano's "Untitled. (Seated Girl Holding an Apple)".

Untitled (Seated Girl Holding An Apple), 1943
Untitled. (Seated Girl Holding an Apple), 1943 by Raúl Anguiano.
Image: Maulleigh at Flickr.

The pure white phaleonopsis orchids were the perfect choice to represent the white dress and the innocence of the girl. while the chrysanthems, hypericum berries, and cymbydium orchids provided the apple green element.  My favorite elements of this arrangement, though, are the strands of bear grass intricately woven into braids, suggesting the inferred braid of the girl's hair...


DSC05756 Hunter-Lee Flowers

... and the palm fronds whose profiles were completely altered by braiding the ends.

DSC05757 Hunter-Lee Flowers

If I were to give out awards, I would have to give Thielke the Best Workmanship prize.

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Urban Chateau's entry provided a great sneak peek for the upcoming Balenciaga and Spain Exhibition at the museum. 
DSC05751 Emulating Balenciaga

This floral sculpture of black satin with red and white roses shouts both Balenciaga and Spain.

Cristobal Balenciaga


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Paige Benjamin, of Passiflora Designs, created a beautiful modern upright tapestry of colors and textures:


DSC05913 Passiflora

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Hats off and thank you to Joy Kuhn and Patty Reed and other members of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Flower Committee for tirelessly volunteering every month to provide fresh flowers for the lobby, executive offices, and the museum's 13 bathrooms. 

IMG_3017 Joy Kuhn and Patty Reed

Stay tuned for more Bouquets to Art 2011 post in the near future. 

28 comments:

Kala said...

I have never before seen a bathroom so beautifully adorned with flowers as the one in the last image!

Ginnie said...

These artistic juxtapositons totally blow me away, DB. I can see why you make sure you attend these exhibitions!

CC said...

HI DB,
Count on you to start Spring with a flower
POW!! Gorgeous stuff.

And happy Spring to you too!

OXO, CC

Yoli said...

This is breathtaking, I am glad I get to see it every year through your blog.

California Girl said...

Unbelievable. I AM IN AWE. The first creation, the one that is framed, knocked my socks off. Thank you for giving us a glimpse of an incredible show.

Marilyn said...

Gorgeous! This is an event I would love to see up close and personal. I bet you get some wonderful ideas for your own artistry.

lisa said...

Just amazing.
Those dresses are truly breathtaking!
Thank you for sharing.

paris parfait said...

Yes it does shout Balenciaga and Spain! Gorgeous, gorgeous. Thanks for posting these lovely images.

paris parfait said...

P.S. Love your Dutch tulips banner!

Susan said...

Oh my! That Thielke creation is astounding! I can't imagine the time it must have taken to weave and braid all those palm fronds.

I love the idea of flowers in the bathroom. Much better than chemical air fresheners.

I'm glad you're giving us the show in small doses. One could easily get sensory overload with all this gorgeousness.

Kris said...

I love that first piece. It's so cool!

dona said...

It's really a nice and interesting gallery and I loved most floral arrangements. Thanks for sharing and please keep on writing about Bouquets to Art.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Kala,
Me neither. I can't imagine the amount of work it takes to decorate all thirteen bathrooms every week.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Ginnie,
Some may say I'm obsessed with this show...

Dutchbaby said...

Dear CC,
And a very happy spring to you too!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Yoli,
I'm so happy to have you along every year!

rochambeau said...

ADORE~
WIll be back to explore more a bit later. And will bring my mom!!

xox
C

Vagabonde said...

I can’t believe a year has passed already. I remember all the beautiful art arrangements you showed us last year – it was hard then to have a favorite and this year will be even harder from what you say. I usually don’t take pictures of bathrooms but I can see why anyone would wish to photograph these bathrooms so well decorated with vibrant flowers.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear California Girl,
If this is your first time to see Bouquets to Art, you are in for a real treat!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Marilyn,
After you come for the Fancy Food Show in January, stay for a spell and attend the Bouquets to Art :-)

Dutchbaby said...

Dear lisa,
The Balenciaga show just started a few days ago. I can't wait to see it soon. I love both dresses also.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear paris parfait,
Will you ever return to SF in March to see the show in person?

Thanks for noticing my "tulpen van Amsterdam". Lucky you - you get to see them all the time now.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Susan,
Thielke created an amazing work of art and craft. So impressive!

You are very kind to say that it's alright to deliver Bouquets to Art piecemeal. The truth is, I just don't have time to post it any quicker.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Kris,
Yes, I really like how she thought out of the box and referenced Goldsworthy's other work.

Dutchbaby said...

Cara dona,
Thank you for stopping by to read the post and see the pictures. I always appreciate your frank responses.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Constance,
I always love having you and your mom visit here. I will start the teapot brewing...

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Vagabonde,
Yes, the years seem to reel by faster and faster.

I had to think twice before I took the bathroom photo, but the designer just showed her daughter her floral arrangements when I got there. I remembered the floral designer from the time she gave a demonstration at the college where I take floristry classes. She explained how much time it took to decorate those thirteen bathrooms. I thought this was a good time to acknowledge their tireless work.

Thank you for faithfully visiting the Bouquets to Art posts here.

Ruth said...

Oh I've been dying to get over here for these two posts from Bouquets to Art 2011. Ahhh.

Your photos, as always, are superb.

The first piece, the organic frame with see-through leaves, is fantastic. I love it.

BTW, I choose the same organizations for donations that you mentioned. I trust them.

The woven bear grass in the Seated Girl piece: O.M.G.

Where did I recently see that Balenciaga gown? I dunno, but the floral arrangement is way cool and dripping with elegance.

The bathroom was what knocked me out when I saw this on google reader. I would have to pee again and again, I think, just to go and wash my hands there.

Brilliant, and as you say, another notch above. How?

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